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Treatment For Plantar Warts

Treatment For Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a very common occurrence in the United States.  In fact, most people will experience a wart at least once in their lives.  Warts are non-cancerous growths on the skin.  While they are not harmful, they can cause pain or an uncomfortable feeling on the bottom of the foot for some people.  These warts tend to occur on the parts of the foot that experience the most pressure.  This pushes warts deeper into the foot.  Fortunately, warts are not harmful, and there is treatment available if they cause any discomfort.

Plantar warts are non-cancerous growths caused by a viral infection of human papillomavirus that occurs in the top layer of the skin.  Most warts tend to go away on their own within a couple of years.  However, people affected with plantar warts may not want to wait that long for relief.  Plantar warts tend to be very small but can grow in clusters.  These warts tend to grow into the skin as opposed to out of it due to the pressure of walking.  They are most commonly spread by touching something from an infected person or walking barefoot in a shared shower.  However, while they can spread, the chance of getting a hand or foot wart from another person is low unless you have an already weakened immune system.

Treatment for plantar warts can occur at home or in a doctor’s office.  Over the counter medication containing salicylic acid can be used to peel the wart.  However, these treatments only work about half of the time, leaving the wart to reappear due to the infection lying below the surface of the skin.  Doctor’s office treatments tend to be more effective and include freezing the wart off or using a laser to destroy the infected tissue.

If you do notice a wart form, it is best to begin treatment as early as possible.  The longer a wart is allowed to grow, the more difficult it is to remove it.  If after a round or two of unsuccessful over the counter treatments, it is time to make a trip to your doctor’s office.  Your doctor will be able to asses your condition and decide which form of in-office treatment will be best for your specific situation.  Left untreated, warts may grow and become even more uncomfortable.  There is no guarantee they will go away on their own.

Plantar warts are a very common condition that should be treated as soon as they are noticed.  While the risk of spreading warts to another healthy adult is low, they can be spread to immune-compromised patients much easier.  If you are suffering from plantar warts, be sure not to walk around barefoot, and seek treatment as soon as possible if you notice any form of discomfort.  There are many over the counter treatments that exist for warts, but they only work about half of the time.  If you are looking for a more effective treatment, a trip to the doctor is in order.

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